Wayne Rooney says he plans to go into coaching once his playing career is over.
Rooney is closing in on a number of goal records for club and country and said this week that his aim is to get to all of them this coming season but the England international is always planning for the future.
‘I think as a player, and hopefully one day going into coaching, then you’re always trying to pick up things, what teams are doing and, especially as you get a little bit older, you are trying to see how different teams are playing the game and how you feel you could counteract that,’ Rooney told ESPN. ‘It’s a different way of watching football and learning from it.’
Rooney was speaking ahead of United’s friendly game with Barcelona this weekend and shared his memories of the two Champions League Finals against them in 2009 and 2011.
‘Barcelona are a fantastic team,’ he said. ‘After Real Madrid winning the Champions League, they wouldn’t have liked that and they’ve come out again and been incredible really, probably as good as they have been over the last 10 years, I believe.’
‘You’re so close to winning it and to lose twice to Barcelona is hard to take really,’ he continued. ‘I think you sometimes have to hold your hands up and say they were the better team – the best team in Europe – and it was going to be difficult for us to win the game. I’d say probably the game at Wembley, being there, it would have been nice to have won the Champions League there.’
United lost 2-0 in 2009 and 3-1 in 2011. Pedro – who scored in that 2011 defeat – has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks and will find himself in the spotlight this weekend as he lines up against Rooney.